Get Your Spring Clean On for a Healthier Home: 5 Things Your Mother Never Taught You about Cleaning

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A clean home is a healthy home– unless you’re cleaning it incorrectly, in which case, you might actually be making your home dirtier! Best-selling author and “one-minute” cleaning and organizing expert, Donna Smallin Kuper, offers the following tips to help freshen your home this spring season– and keep it that way!

1. Water cleans as well, if not better, than other “chemical” cleaners. In a University of California-Davis study, it was proven that cleaning with a microfiber cloth and water alone was 99% effective at removing not only soil and grime, but also germs. What most people forget is that water is a chemical. It’s made up of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen (H2O). De-ionized water or distilled water has a pH of 7, which is neutral, making it the safest choice for cleaning tough dirt from the most delicate of surfaces such as marble.

2. Mop buckets spread dirt and germs. The second you put a dirty mop back into the bucket, you contaminate the water – and you can’t clean with dirty water! Invest in a steam floor cleaner such as the Reliable Steamboy Pro 3-in-1 steam and scrub floor mop. Not only does the Steamboy Pro clean sealed floors and sanitize carpets (perfect tool for freshening your pet’s favorite spot as well as removing fleas), it also simultaneously steams and scrubs tile and grout– without the use of harsh chemicals!

3. Vacuuming more often results in cleaner air. Carpet manufacturers recommend vacuuming once a week for each person living in your home. That means vacuuming four times a week if you’ve got a family of four! At the very least, vacuum high-traffic areas daily and have your carpets deep cleaned every 12 to 18 months to diminish trapped soils. This eliminates not only dust but also allergens from the environment.

4. Steam is your best friend for cleaning. After removing visible soil by brushing, sweeping, dusting, or vacuuming, you still need to get rid of contaminants that are bound to the surface. Steam cleaning combines chemical action from H2O with high-heat reducing the amount of agitation (effort) and time needed to clean any area. The Reliable Pronto 100CH steam cleaner and fabric steamer disinfects surfaces and refreshes fabrics, reducing germs to a safe level and creates a healthier, more hygienic household.

5. Be like a machine with your routine. Professional home cleaners have a system of cleaning that helps them remember what they need to get done by doing it in the same order each time. When entering a room, most cleaners will start top to bottom, left to right, back to front, and center last (or first). Always begin and end your home cleaning with the same rooms. For example, you might clean “dry” rooms such as the living rooms and bedrooms first before moving into “wet” rooms (like the bathroom and kitchen) to help prevent the spread of germs from the latter to the former.

About Donna Smallin Kuper, the “One-Minute” Organizer and Cleaner
Donna Smallin Kuper is a “one-minute” cleaning and organizing expert, Certified House Cleaning Technician and best-selling author of 14 books, including her latest, Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness (Storey, December 2014).


IHHS 2015: Melissa Maker & the Senza 200DS!

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YouTube sensation and cleaning entrepreneur, Melissa Maker, was at the International Home + Housewares Show this year and had the opportunity to stop by our new booth! She was delighted to get her hands on the new Senza 200DS and showcase it in her latest video that highlights 10 Cool Cleaning & Organizing Products for 2015– watch the video below!

The Steamboy 200CU: Welcome the Newest Member to the Steam Floor Mop Family!

We are pleased to announce an exciting addition to the Reliable steam family: The Steamboy 200CU!

Plug it in, turn it on, and in seconds the Steamboy will change the way you clean your sealed floors and carpets- All you need is water! The Steamboy 200CU retails at $99.


Clean all of your surfaces, chemical free, with the Steamboy 200CU.

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Steam Clean Your Way Through Those Challenging New Puppy Messes

Getting a new puppy can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in one’s life. While the new addition to the family is adorable and lovable, until he or she is house trained, a puppy also creates quite a mess!

Make these beginning months of constant clean up easier with the Reliable Steamboy Pro 3-in-1 Steam and Scrub Floor Mop. This lightweight, easy-to-use cleaning tool heats up to 248 degrees, effectively sanitizing the surface. Whether the puppy has an accident on sealed hardwood floors or carpet, the Steamboy Pro has got it covered. Included with a carpet glide attachment and washable microfiber pads, it quickly disinfects and freshens—without the use of harsh chemicals!

Steam cleaning is a “green” cleaning alternative as the only ingredient is water, making it a safe, healthy and toxin-free household for the puppy or any small children in the home. The steam vapor eliminates common bacteria and germs as well as destroys dust mites.

For the challenging messes such as dirt and mud tracked in by the dog, the Steamboy Pro is equipped with a powerful scrubber brush which allows the mop to simultaneously steam and scrub those tough stains right off the floor!